Bios

Abe picAbraham “Abe” Sanchez, musical director and pianist, is a versatile, active and dynamic keyboard player was born in Venezuela and living in USA since 2003. He started playing the cuatro (small four string guitar), at the age of five. He eventually branched out, learning to play guitar and bass guitar before settling on the piano and keyboards in his late teens. He played with the Orchestra Latina while he studied in the Conservatorio de Musica de Maracay and CEMI Puerto Ordaz. Later he added to his knowledge of traditional Latin American music when he spent a year playing, singing, and handling the musical arrangements for the mariachi group Aguilas de Michoacan. Abe was also the director of Adoniram Company Production, a music school and recording studio in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. Abe is been active accompany national and international musicians around NY, CT and MA and international venues .

maricel picMaricel Lucero, lead vocalist, hails from Santiago de Cuba. Maricel came to the United States at the age of ten but has never lost her passion for Cuban music. She is an award-winning vocalist, known for her performances in a variety of genres including opera, musical theater and Latin American music. Her solo CDs include “Canciones de mi Tierra,” a collection of traditional and modern Cuban songs, and “Esto Sabe a Ti,” a collaboration with Septeto Tipico Tivoli of Santiago de Cuba. Maricel was founder and director of the Feminine Tone women’s chorus of Springfield, Vermont; she is currently an ESL teacher at a charter High School in Holyoke.

 

 

 

 

Jon Weeks picSaxophonist/flautist Jon Weeks is a well-known performer from western Massachusetts. He has performed with many Latin, jazz, and soul bands including The Temptations, Sol y Canto, Orquesta Unidad, Ray Gonzalez, and Northside Saxophone Quartet. He currently plays with Brattleboro-based afrobeat band Alafia and the Latin big band Creación, teaches privately, and is the director of instrumental ensembles at Charlemont Academy.

 

 

 

 

 

Wes picWes Brown, bass, has appeared on stage with many of the top names in jazz, including two years touring worldwide with the legendary Earl “Fatha” Hines. Wes is a 35-year member of experimental jazz quartet Blood Drum Spirit, which has toured Africa and Asia on numerous occasions. Locally, Wes fronts his own trio featuring Jill Connolly on vocals, performs with the Makanda Project, a group that plays big band arrangements of Ken McIntyre’s compositions, and plays with various jazz ensembles as well as other bands in a variety of styles.

 

 

 

 

 

JulianCropped (1)Julian Gerstin (congas, percussion) has explored the music of Africa and the Caribbean for over 40 years. In addition to Son de la Calle, he performs with Afro Cuban folkloric ensemble Iroko Nuevo, and leads the jazz group Julian Gerstin Sextet, featuring original compositions with influences from the Caribbean and Balkans. Julian teaches percussion and co-directs the Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro. He has studied music in Cuba and Ghana, and lived for two years in Martinique, researching and performing traditional music. With a PhD and numerous academic publications based on his work in Martinique, Julian has taught at Wesleyan University, Clark University, Marlboro College and others, and is co-author (with Ken Dalluge) of The Musician’s Guide to Rhythm.